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Ancient Greek
Aphrodeisia, daughter of Theudotos
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object (utilitarian) ; tombstones (sepulchral monuments); stelae
276-168 BCE (creation)
Epeiros (birthplace of deceased)
Vólos, Magnisía, Thessaly, Greece (current)
Demetrias, Magnisía, Thessaly, Greece(discovery)
marble (rock) (White marble with pigments; Pediment is largely missing, only the right corner survive. Body composed of three joining pieces is almost complete except for small breaks.)
painting (image-making); inscriptions
height .837 meters; width .358 meters; depth .06 meters
Most of the pediment of this stele is broken away, but the inscribed decoration is preserved on the part that survives and the geison. The typanum was blue except in the middle where there was a thick yellow paint in a half circle, probably a pomegranate, appropriate for a cult of the dead since it was given to Persephon by Pluto. With all the paint, the stele must have survived on a tomb for a short time or was inside. Under the koronis was the inscription. The engraver removed the word Hediste but not so much that it disappeared entirely. Was the stele planned with Aphrodesia and Hediste (stele #1) and at some point it was noticed that the second name was removed— or did the removal happen for some other reason? The name Theudotos instead of Theodotos is dialect. The ethnic dates the stele after 276 or 238 b.c.e. because that is when the Epeirote state was founded, disbanded by Romans in 168 BCE. Before that time stele have the names of specific towns or villages. Below three horizontal lines is the representation. The colors are well preserved and the painter left an unpainted margin around the scene. ; Aphrodeisia sits on a chair with a high broad back. The arrangement of her body is similar to Demetrias, #3. Aphrodesia wears a rose chiton short sleeved with light and attractive folds – her neck and part of her chest is bare. It is tight on her body, belted at the waist and her feet are exposed at the bottom. She also wears a blue-green himation, light, which surrounds her lower body up to her knees. The himation has a broad rose stripe. In front of these, a very fine blue-white veil extends from her head down her back to her feet. This is possibly bridal attire, perhaps indicating she died while betrothed. She has short brown hair, her fine facial features well-preserved, and an expression indicative of a deeply grieving girl. Skin tone is realistic. Left arm bent and rests lightly on left thigh. The right arm, also bent stretches out with the palm down so that she can take a small object, perhaps gold jewelry offered by the young man. He rests the weight of his body on the right leg, the left turns back. He wears a short chitoniskos and a dark chlamys.
Α Φ Ρ Ο Δ Ε Ι Σ Ι Α ΗΔΙΣΤΗΘΕΥΔΟΤΟΥ Ε Π Ε Ι Ρ Ω Τ Ι Σ ; Aphrodeisia Hediste(erased) daughter of Theudotos An Epirote woman (Tina Salowey)
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A.S. Arvanitopoulos, Θεσσαλικὰ Μνημεῖα. Ἀθανασάκειον Μουσείον ἐν Βολῷ Ι. (Athens 1909)
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